Autumn Statement could still see a huge rise in wine duty
While the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement brought some good news for the drinks industry, there was a sting in the tail with the wine and spirits duty escalator.
En primeur 2013: the perfect storm?
With tiny yields, questionable quality and buyers and commentators sharpening their knives, is the 2013 en primeur campaign destined for disaster before it’s even begun?
It has been a bumper week in the drinks trade featuring whisky, Champagne and cocktails as well as supermodels, singers and some very energetic dancing.
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Chinese tourists travelling to France will find a variety of wine-themed tours with Chinese-language tour guide, it was revealed this week.
Petite Sirah remains a niche variety in Napa, but the current wines made with the grape should not go unnoticed.
Wines from the cellar of the official Paris residence of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are to go under the hammer today in a bid to tackle national debt.
Pre-mix or “hybrid” drinks have been tipped to be the next big trend in the drinks industry, but which brands are at the front of this movement?
Just one week after having an advert cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority the Let There Be Beer campaign has had a different ad banned.
A lorry driver who smuggled over £130,000 worth of beer into the UK from France has been jailed.
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Krug 1996 and Armand Rousseau’s 2009 Chambertin Clos de Bèze topped the Liv-ex charts in November as the Fine Wine 100 dropped over 2%.
Bordeaux Index has appointed Lindsay Hamilton, co-founder of rival fine wine merchant Farr Vinters, to the BI board of directors.
Peter Richards MW has chosen just ten “five star” wines – and shared them exclusively with db – in his inaugural Chile Wine Brief.
US auction house Zachys is celebrating its biggest ever sale in Asia with over HK$52 million made last week, while Christie’s set a new world record for Burgundy at the same time.
Jon Bonné recommends a pink that is “as soulful as rosé gets” while Rebecca Murphy suggests “that we make a place at our table for an exciting new wine”.
This week’s wine picks in Asia include a “sumptuously flavoured and deeply layered Chardonnay,” a “deliciously crisp and elegant” sparkler and a “very seductive” red.
Victoria Moore wrote of her recommendation, “Champagnes this good don’t come along often”, while Matthew Jukes picked out a, “jaw-droppingly moreish wine”.
Pol Roger is due to join a growing number of Champagne houses by adding disgorgement information for its wines.
Champagne houses Pol Roger and Charles Heidsieck highlighted a series of important vinification changes as they held an historic tasting in tandem with the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Norbert Dentressangle is providing fast-growing St Austell Brewery with a distribution platform, supporting the company’s continued expansion.
Tata Global Beverages has awarded a three year contract to Norbert Dentressangle for the UK storage and distribution of Tetley teas.
Maxxium UK is the fastest growing major spirits distributor in the UK off trade and the No. 2 UK spirits distributor